Season 2, Episode 5: The Meagan Approach


This week we throw the weekly topic out the window in favor of letting Sue rant on about her running.

Download now: Episode 5: The Meagan Approach

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3 thoughts on “Season 2, Episode 5: The Meagan Approach

  1. Hi Ladies!

    Sue, I just wanted to let you know that what you are experiencing with MAF training is COMPLETELY normal. Most people complain of having to walk so much in order to keep their heart rate down. It took me around 3 months to see an improvement in my MAF training, which is pretty normal from what I’ve heard and researched. Also, you were talking a lot about trying to determine your max heart rate levels on the podcast and I wanted to make sure you knew that max heart rate has nothing to do with MAF. If you wanted to switch to a different heart rate training method, then knowing your max heart rate would be necessary, but when training for MAF it doesn’t matter. No matter what the formula is always 150- (your age) -(any other circumstances) = maximum aerobic training heart rate. I know it’s frustrating training by MAF. I started in November and just last week starting seeing real improvements. Don’t think you’re the only one experiencing this with MAF, it happens to everyone. Also, keep in mind that some people’s bodies just don’t respond to MAF and they should be using a different training or heart rate levels to increase their fitness. Best of luck in your training this week this ladies! That’s my two cents for what it’s worth!

    1. Hi Jesyka! I guess I wasn’t very clear about which heart rate training I’ve been doing. I had been unable to do the Maffetone method as I just couldn’t keep my heart rate low enough and still run. I’ve been doing the more traditional heart rate training based on the 220 formula that we also discussed on Episode 2, found here. I’ve been trying to run in the Aerobic zone, keeping my heart rate between 70% and 80% of my max heart rate of 196bpm. It is difficult to run so slowly, even using this method, but I do believe it is working. As you’ll hear on Episode 6, my racing pace is really coming down now. And I had a really great, slow and easy 5 mile run today, which makes me feel better about the training. I am definitely going to spend some time after the Divas half continuing to build steady mileage, and at that point I’ll probably give the Maffetone method a serious try.

      1. Sounds great! Sorry for the mistake! I thought I heard the words MAF thrown around with the heart rate discussion training on this podcast so I was a little confused 🙂 Great to hear that you are feeling better about your training now!

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